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The 'Lost Girls' of Highgate Cemetery

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Learn more about the unmarked communal grave in Highgate West Cemetery which has come to be known as The Grave of the ‘Lost Girls’.

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A TALK BY RICHARD KUHN

Over the past seven years there has been growing interest in an unmarked communal grave in Highgate West Cemetery which has come to be known as The Grave of the ‘Lost Girls’. The little-known story behind it, and its two related graves, provides a perspective on the Victorian and Edwardian eras that stands in sharp contrast to the wealth of other tales which characterise Highgate Cemetery. The communal grave contains the remains of ten so-called ‘fallen women’ - girls who in the 19th century were ‘rescued’ from a life of prostitution and offered refuge in the London Diocesan Penitentiary (later the House of Mercy) off Highgate North Hill. The other two graves are those of some of the women who looked after them. This evening’s talk by Richard Kuhn (who has been a volunteer at the Cemetery since 2008, involved in assisting, guiding, training and research), is intended to finally give both groups the recognition they deserve.

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